The universal rules to stay healthy and fit is to follow a healthy diet, exercise on regular basis, and drink enough amounts of water during the day. Each culture has its own rules on how to stay healthy. The Japanese follow 4 essential rules in order to stay healthy. They are the following:
- If you eat like a Sumo wrestler, then you will look like one – they do not eat breakfast because they start with an intense training after waking up, but have a big lunch in the afternoon. It is followed by going to bed. There are 2 gigantic meals involved. No matter how much they exercise, they gain weight as they eat a lot. Consuming large portions or junk food will prevail the time you work out. For that reason you have to make sure to consume balanced diet, exercise regularly, and follow good sleep patterns.
- Warmth is life – in order to survive we need energy, and we gain energy through the food we consume. The fruits and vegetables that grow in the summer cool the body and allow it adjust to the summer heat. The foods that grow in the winter are higher in calories and keep our bodies warm. Raw fruits, vegetables, and greens are important when it comes to healthy diet, but our bodies still need warmer foods once in a while, thus you should consume nutritious diet in order to supply the body with all the nutrients it requires.
- Avoid drinking liquids during the meal – most of the Japanese do not consume water during their meals as it negatively affects digestion. The liquid cools the body and takes away its warmth. Scientists believe that water neutralizes the stomach acid that forces the body to spend more energy to finish digestion. You can supply your body with liquids through food (fruits, vegetables, and soups).
- Hot bath prolongs your life – it is very beneficial for improving circulation, relaxing the body and reducing stress. Many Japanese people claim that if you take hot bath regularly, you will be able to improve digestion, clean your skin, and prolong life. The ideal temperature is 100-104o
According to Americans, calories are the main cause of weight gain and loss, thus most of the aforementioned ideas seem unusual for them. Thus, we must not ignore these tips as according to the report of the World Health Organization, the lifespan of the Japanese is on the top of the list.